Jan Reichelt, co-founder and managing director of Mendeley, now part of Elsevier, has left the company "to pursue other interests".
Elsevier confirmed Reichelt's departure and said that Gaby Appleton has now moved over to become managing director from her previous role as head of strategy at Mendeley.
After working as an advisor to the supervisory board of SAP, Reichelt started Mendeley as a small start-up in 2008 with two co-founders. The platform for organising and sharing papers has since grown into a large social network for scientists and researchers, attracting millions of users. It was acquired by Elsevier for a reported £65m in April 2013.
Appleton joined Elsevier in 2010 to take responsibility for strategy development for Elsevier’s journals, books and electronic workflow solutions products. Prior to this she was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company management consultants in London, a sales rep at Procter & Gamble (P&G), and a brand manager at P&G and Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd.